How You can Know God At The Friendship Level

Rick Warren's 3 levels of knowing God

There are two kinds of people on Earth: Those who believe that God exists and those who don’t. Amongst those that believe God exists, whether they do know God to the extent of having or contemplating a friendship relationship with Him is a different thing altogether.

Over the past few months that I started this blog, I have had myself writing some articles specifically addressed to atheists – those who say there is no God. The latest of such articles being 16 Sobering Things Every Atheist Should Know.

In this post, I will be talking to those who already believe God exists. But I must add that it is not enough to believe that God exists without knowing Him personally.

Apart from believing that God exists, there is the need for you (and of course everyone else) to get to truly know God and know Him at a deeper level. That is why, as Christians we invite people to know God by calling them into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, His Son.

Without a personal faith in the finished work of Christ, no one can know God at a friendship level. You shouldn’t miss that point.

Distinguished and best-selling Author, Rick Warren, in one of his devotional articles, stated that there are three levels of knowing God: recognition, acquaintance, and friendship.

As the title of this post suggests, our focus here is mainly on knowing God at the level of friendship. But allow me to put in a word or two about the named three levels as I understood them:

  1. Recognition level

At this level, you know that “God is there,” but you don’t know Him personally. In other words, you know that God exists but you have not yet entered into a personal relationship with Him through Jesus Christ, through whom only one can get to know the true God.

  1. Acquaintance level

You are at this level if you know God just a little, but that’s all. Even though you may have come to know God through acknowledging Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you are yet to develop that relationship into a deeper level of robust friendship.

  1. Friendship level

At this level, you have come to know God very well. You are not perfect, but you now know God as your Father.

You have established a healthy relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ and you are staying committed to that relationship and you know it. You see God as your friend and you relate with Him as such; you talk to each other.

We can be friends of God

Knowing God at a deeper level

God wants you to know Him and know Him very well. In Christ, He has offered you an eternal friendship relationship. This friendship will flourish to the extent you are willing to investing your time into it through regular fellowship with Him.

To know God at a deeper level, you have to know Him at the friendship level. And this level is not exclusive to some people. We are all called to seek a deeper level of relationship with God.

In James 4:8a, we read the words, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” You see, you are the one that should intentionally draw near to God in order to know Him deeper – at the friendship level.

In Christ Jesus, God is already fully drawn to you. I may as well say this: You are as close to God as you want to be!

Once you have established a personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ, it means you have entered into the most valuable relationship of your life. But like all good relationships, it has to be consciously cultivated and nurtured for it to develop into a deeper level of friendship.

To know someone deeply, you have to regularly talk to, or spend time with, him or her. Knowing God deeply is not different from that. Except you are willing to regularly fellowship with God, talk to Him as a friend and let Him talk to you too, you may never get to know Him at the deepest level possible.

 

Do you desire to know God at the friendship relationship level? Feel free to leave a comment.

 

©2016 CopyRight | Victor Uyanwanne

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14 thoughts on “How You can Know God At The Friendship Level

  1. Bonsai July 23, 2016 / 1:35 am

    God is my best friend. He knows all. Tonight He gave me the best advice.

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    • VictorsCorner July 23, 2016 / 2:05 pm

      That’s good to know. It’s wonderful to enjoy a close relationship with God. It gives joy and peace of mind.

      Best advice? How do you mean please? Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  2. Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus August 10, 2016 / 4:29 am

    Yes Victor Friendship with God is very important, so I also would like to share about this…How do we draw close to God so that Satan flees (James 4:7-8) there is only one way through Jesus, we have heart repentance and we also choose to turn away from evil and do good which shows we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. Yes we are to aim to be Perfected in Love (1John 4:17-19 -Hebrews 6:12-Timothy 3:17- Matthew 5:48) putting our Carnal flesh to death by choosing to walk in the Fruit of The Spirit and being empowered by Him to do so.(Romans 8 :12-15 Romans 6 -Colossians 3:4-6 -Galatians 5:24 -26) When we are Born Again of God’s seed, we walk in this world as Jesus walks which is in Truth and Holiness and as the Scriptures below confirm this means we no longer Sin.

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who Sins is a slave to Sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    Romans 6:6- 7 For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of Sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to Sin because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.

    1 John 3: 1-11 ( 9 ) No one who is Born of God will continue to Sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.

    1 John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God Sins but He who was Born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.

    Romans 6:18-20 Being then made free from Sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

    1 John 3: 1-11 ( 9 ) No one who is Born of God will continue to Sin because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on Sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    1 John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God Sins but He who was Born of God keeps him and the evil one does not touch him.

    1 John 3: 1-11 ( 6-7 ) Whosoever abideth in Him Sinneth not: whosoever Sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth Righteousness is Righteous, even as He is Righteous.

    1 John 2:4-6 He that saith, I know Him and keepeth not His Commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the Love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him. He that saith hebideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.

    Luke 6:45-46 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

    Colossians 3:4-6 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

    2 Corinthians 7 1Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, Perfecting Holiness in the fear of God.

    Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto Sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Romans 6 : 1 – 2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in Sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to Sin, live any longer therein?

    1 Peter 1:21-23 Being Born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

    Romans 8: 8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.

    Romans 8 :12-15 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation but it is not to the Sinful nature, to live according to it. or if you live according to the Sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

    Romans 6:5-7 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of Sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve Sin. For he that is dead is freed from Sin.

    Romans 6:22-23 But now being made free from Sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness and the end everlasting life. For the wages of Sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.(KJV)

    1 John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made Perfect that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love but perfect Love casteth out fea: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us. (KJV)

    1 Peter 2:24 Who His own self bare our Sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to Sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.(KJV)

    Ephesians 4:23-24 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and True Holiness. (KJV)

    Titus 2:13-15 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all Authority. Let no man despise thee.

    Colossians 1:27-29 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man Perfect in Christ Jesus Whereunto I also labour, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily(KJV)

    Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. (KJV)

    “Christ”ian Love and Blessings – Anne.

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    • VictorsCorner August 10, 2016 / 10:51 am

      Thank you for the comment and all the quoted scriptures. Quite encouraging. Once again, thank you.

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  3. Lisa A. Schomer September 7, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    victor~
    great post. I love your reference to transitioning from friend to a deeper level… That is true love.
    Blessings to you, Lisa

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